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 Andrew “Andy” Mather

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Andrew “Andy” Mather

  • Birth 11 Jun 1851 Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas, USA
  • Death 23 Jul 1929 Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 18541502

Samuel E. Mather 1812–1878
Sarah Parker Smith 1826–1895

Martha Jane Mather 1848–1850; Sarah Ann Mather 1850–1920;
Alice Mather 1853–1885; Mary Mather 1855–1884;Martha Mather 1857–1948; Margaret Mather 1860–1884; Genie Mather 1861–1862; Samuel Welborn Mather 1864–1935; Robert Lee Mather 1866–1943; Frances Brown Mather 1868–1941; John Thomas Mather 1872–1949

WIFE: Mary Ellender Victoria Carrell 1851–1923
Married November 19, 1878, at Gabriel Mills, Williamson Co., Texas (now known as Liberty Hill)

baby boy Mather (birth & burial unknown)
Robert Lee Mather 1880–1945
Charley Parker Mather 1882–1949

Andrew was actually born in Gabriel Mills, Texas, the town which his father founded, (later named Liberty Hill). He was the first white child to be born in Williamson County (it had been occupied by Indians prior to them settling there. Andrew grew to be a very large, tall man, about 6'8.
He attended the school that his father, Samuel founded, and helped his father in the mill, on the farm, and with the trucking line his father had developed (wagons back then).

In 1874, at the age of 23, he joined the Texas Rangers, and although only officially a Ranger for two 6 month stints, he had quite an infamous career, and was written about by many newspapers, and in many books (especially by J. Frank Dobie, who interviewed him many times at his home), for he was a fearless man, and accomplished many dangerous feats with the Indians, outlaws, and one bear he killed with his Bowie Knife, so as not to alert the Indians of their presence. Andy signed up for two 6-month stints with the Texas Rangers, but was available for help at any time.

Fearless though Andy was, he loved children and carried sticks of sugar candy in his saddlebags to hand out to the little children he met along the way in his travels.

Andy was friends with Buffalo Bill Cody, and J. Frank Dobie, who visited him in Liberty Hill from time to time. Articles were written about these visits, and J. Frank Dobie wrote of several of Andy's exploits and adventures in some of his books.

Andy was such a large man, he had to have a very tall horse, and Old Dunn was his favorite horse. He always had the best hat and best Western Boots to be had. He never took his hat off, even when indoors. He loved to visit with people in the town and have them visit and eat with him at home, so his wife Mary never knew how many people she was cooking for, but she always cooked plenty to accomodate his guests and family.

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  • Maintained by: Lynda Duncan Miles
  • Originally Created by: AKL
  • Added: 21 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18541502
  • Lynda Duncan Miles
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew “Andy” Mather (11 Jun 1851–23 Jul 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18541502, citing Mather Family Cemetery, Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Lynda Duncan Miles (contributor 47070549) .